As I stated in a previous, related blog, The Lost Commandment? I was working on a new set of religious commandments. Basically, some rules/laws/commandments that I felt would be much more appropriate, if we are to assume we need them at all. I had come up with 5 in a matter of well, seconds, perhaps one minute, when I was hit by a thought and changed the idea of the blog from several new religious commandments to one supposedly lost one, which I stated that I hoped did exist and we'd one day locate (not really believing this, of course).
Well, I said at the end of that blog that I was going to finish off that initial list (it had been 5 in number that that time) and so, without further adieu (?) here are my list of ideal religious commandments, which, as I said in that blog, are of course modeled after (but not specifically aimed at...per se) the Ten Commandments (capitals for emphasis!)
These are in no particular order. A few of these are done in jest. It's good to joke around once in a while :) Also, assume these are in addition to those few useful religious commandments.
Psht, we can top that.
Thou shalt not discriminate against anyone based upon their sexual orientation, race, age, etc.
Thou shalt not work towards limiting the happiness of those whose actions you disagree with, if those actions are not harmful to others.
Thou shalt treat others as you wish to be treated, unless thoust art a masochist. If so, see the next command.
Thou shalt not treat others as you wish to be treated, if thoust art a masochist. Do the opposite.
Thou shalt not abuse neglect, or otherwise treat poorly non human animals. Do not adopt a pet if you cannot and will not provide a loving, stable, fulfilling environment for them.
Thou shalt not have numerous amounts of children for whom thoust cannot provide, financially, emotionally, or otherwise.
Thou shalt not neglect to consider societal and environmental impacts when contemplating having children.
Thou shalt not knowingly exploit others for financial or other gains.
Thou shalt enter into a marriage purely for monetary or other reasons not involving love if you so desire, but be honest about it. Nobody believes that you married a rich 89 year old for love, if you're a gorgeous 25 year old.
Thou shalt be intellectually honest in all of your intellectual endeavors, no matter how uncomfortable this maybe make you.
Thou shalt seek to question and challenge thy beliefs, including those theistic in nature.
Thou shalt not act contrary to these or any other moral or ethical teachings in the name of business.
Thou shalt not solicit those protected by the do not call list.
Thou shalt strive towards not teaching children known falsehoods, especially when the truth may lead to more beneficial outcomes, or lessened negative ones.
Thou shalt not murder another, with the exception of a self defense situation in which all other options are unfeasible.
Thou shalt not watch Fox News.
Thou shalt not seek to enforce your religious or cultural heritage upon others. Sharing it is welcomed, attempting to enforce it is not.
Thou shalt not proselytize to someone who has requested the cessation of such activities.
Thou shalt not use fear as a basis for said proselytization.
Thou shalt respect secularism as the only reasonable way to ensure as healthy a society as possible, unless every single member of said society belongs to the same religion and shares the exact same beliefs.
Thou shalt not deny your children medical care in favour of prayer or religious healing practices. Empirically validated treatments are the only recommended course of action for anyone, especially a dependant child.
Thou shalt watch The Young Turks, even if thoust doth not reside in the United States of America.
Thou shalt not assume that this list is complete.
Thou shalt work towards effecting change in this very list, when both the means, and the societal imperative to do so, arise. If the state of societal health and individual liberty necessitates a change,
Thou shalt make that change!!!!
That's it for the new commandments, at least for now. If you have any of your own to add, please feel free to add some in the comment section. Also, feel free to criticize my choices. Keep in mind, this list was made up on the spot, and it is very liable to be revised (in fact, THAT'S ENCOURAGED!).
In all seriousness though, if you removed the ones done in jest, I'd say I'm on to something here, although I would certainly make some changes and some additions after some more thoughtful deliberation. And with the input of others, which can only serve to make this much stronger.